Brabus is a well known name in the world of souped up Mercedes-Benz models - they do everything from the tiny Smart car all the way to the big GLS SUV. Now they’ve tackled their first all-electric vehicle from the Three Pointed Star, the EQC SUV, and their modifications certainly improve the vehicle’s sporting credentials.
The main thing Brabus has done to the EQC is boost its power and torque figures. The former rises from 402 to 416 bhp, while the latter improves by a greater margin, rising from 760 Nm (560 pound-feet) to 830 Nm (612 pound-feet); these gains come courtesy of the Brabus E-PowerXtra kit, and the extra shove is only available when the vehicle is put in Sport mode.
With greater power and torque come improved performance numbers, and according to Brabus, the EQC’s sprint time from standstill to 100 km/h drops from the standard 5.1 seconds to 4.9 seconds. The modifications don’t increase its top speed, though, which remains 180 km/h (112 mph).
Brabus will also change the way the EQC looks, thanks to a set of new bumpers and side skirts, but as of right now, only the rear spoiler is ready (and visible on the vehicle in the official photos). It also features a cool wrap that drives the point that it is electric home, but we presume this is merely designed to make this poster vehicle for the new performance pack stand out more; it may or may not be available for customers to order.
Gallery: Brabus Mercedes-Benz EQC upgrade
The wheels you see on the vehicle in the photos are already available, though, and they come in 20- or 21-inch sizes. As for the interior, if you’re familiar with Brabus, then you probably know the very wide scope for customisation that the allows for - buyers can really go crazy, if they choose, or they can keep it low-key and close to factory specification.
All Brabus-tuned EQCs get B-branded, illuminated sill guards, as well as a different design for the digital instrument cluster, bespoke door lock pins and aluminium pedals. Pricing information has not yet been revealed because the E-PowerXtra kit is still being tested.
The BRABUS refinement concept for the Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC
Performance upgrade for the electric powertrain to 310 kW / 422 hp and 830 Nm of torque
Tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock Z wheels
With the EQC 400 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz launched its EQ model series of electrically powered vehicles. Using the many years of expertise of its ZERO EMISSION business division, BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) developed an exclusive refinement concept for this compact crossover. BRABUS symbolizes the hi-tech character of this new mobility generation with a special design on the bodywork of the concept car.
As has been a successful tradition of the world's largest independent automotive tuner for more than four decades already, the BRABUS development engineers devised a performance upgrade for the electric powertrain of the EQC, which delivers even more agile driving dynamics.
The BRABUS E-PowerXtra performance upgrade increases the output to 310 kW / 422 hp (416 bhp) and bumps peak torque to 830 Nm (612 lb-ft). As a result, the five-door delivers even sportier performance: From rest, the enhanced electric SUV sprints to a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds.
While the aerodynamic-enhancement kit with the exception of the already available rear spoiler is still under development, the looks of the electrically powered SUV can already be upgraded with tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock Z alloys with diameters of 20 or 21 inches.
As for all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, BRABUS offers a host of custom refinement options for the interior of the EQC 400 4MATIC that culminate in an especially exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior.
BRABUS has been the epitome of fascinating high-performance variants of practically all Mercedes-Benz automobiles. This tradition continues also with the launch of the electric powertrain in the model series of the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. As a look ahead to the more near future, BRABUS already presents an initial exclusive refinement concept for the Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC – with performance upgrade, of course!
The development engineers, electronics engineers and software specialists of the Bottrop-based company came up with a concept for the BRABUS PowerXtra ELECTRIC performance upgrade that is designed to become active when the driver selects drive mode "S" with the standard DYNAMIC SELECT switch.
In this case, peak torque right from the start increases from stock 760 Nm to 830 Nm (561 to 612 lb-ft). At the same time, peak output rises from 300 kW / 408 hp to 310 kW / 422 hp (402 to 416 hp). This results in significantly enhanced driving dynamics, which are reflected in the sprint time from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) being cut to just 4.9 seconds. The top speed remains limited to 180 km/h (112 mph).
When drive mode "E" is active in the Mercedes EQC, the BRABUS PowerXtra ELECTRIC upgrade offers "one pedal driving," a feature often requested by drivers of electric vehicles. The SUV decelerates sharply when the driver just lifts off the accelerator pedal. This requires far less frequent use of the brakes in normal traffic and further increases the energy recovery rate.
While the BRABUS PowerXtra ELECTRIC is currently undergoing trials, the BRABUS Monoblock Z wheels with diameters of 20 or 21 inches for the EQC 400 4MATIC have already been independently safety-certified. The eCrossover can be refined with two variants of the sporty and elegant ten-spoke design available for this model.
The 20-inch variant features alloys eight inches wide on the front axle, mounted with Pirelli P Zero tires of size 255/45 R 20. The rear axle runs on wheels nine and a half inches wide carrying size 285/40 R 20 tires.
The BRABUS Monoblock Z "PLATINUM EDITION" wheels with 21-inch diameter are even more exclusive still. As the result of being produced using a hi-tech forging process, these rims offer a perfect combination of lightweight construction and maximum strength. The front axle runs on size 9Jx21 wheels with ContiSportContact tires of size 255/40 R 21. The rear fender wells accommodate forged rims of size 10.5Jx21 with size 285/35 R 21 tires.
Both tailor-made BRABUS wheel/tire combinations greatly benefit the looks of the EQC 400. The BRABUS designers are already working on a range of aerodynamic-enhancement components for the five-door that makes the custom appearance even more striking. Available now is the BRABUS rear spoiler produced from PUR in OEM quality.
Another specialty of BRABUS is the design of exclusive options for the interior. There are countless possibilities here too for trimming this electric car entirely to the personal taste of its owner. The lineup ranges from BRABUS aluminum pedals and door-lock pins to scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo in changing colors and a complete redesign of the cockpit.
The company upholstery shop also crafts exquisite BRABUS fine leather interiors for the Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC, which captivate with more than just their endless variety of colors and upholstery layouts. Just as unrivaled is the quality of the workmanship throughout.